For all of you poor devils who hang around here only on weekends, we offer the following as proof that lots of great stuff happens after you're gone: Sunday, August 2, just about the time you will be crossing the Putnam County line on your way back to the city, Matt Rubiner is throwing the cheese party to end all cheese parties for a worthy cause; then on Monday, August 3, in Chatham, there's a folksy potluck supper, which wouldn't be news except this one is produced from topnotch local ingredients by an all-star cast of super chefs.
First cheese: We always prefer to let Matt Rubiner tell his own stories, as he does it so well:
"We find ourselves in the possession of perhaps the finest collection of American artisan cheeses ever assembled, or ever to be assembled again. We did not pay for these cheeses. They were props for a book, forthcoming from an English cheesemonger of considerable renown. The photo shoot is over, but the cheeses remain.
It wouldn't be right for us to sell them (though the profit margins are indeed attractive), and I can't bring myself just to give them away for nothing (searching for a pithy Blogojevic quote here). One thing is clear: They must be eaten. And soon.
We have decided, therefore, to throw a hastily planned party. With that:
Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers and Culture Magazine cordially invite you to an
Emergency American Artisan Cheese Disposal Cocktail Party and Benefit
Where: rubi's café (264 Main Street, GB, behind the cheese shop)
When: This Sunday, 2 August (I said hastily planned)
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Strongly Suggested Donation: $10 all the cheese you can eat.
RSVP: Just show up
Cocktails, Beer and Wine dispensed at additional cost by Heck the Bartender
(Ladies?). All proceeds will benefit our beloved Railroad Street Youth Project
Hope you can make it on such short notice.
Rubiner¹s Cheesemongers & Grocers
rubi's coffee & sandwiches
264 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Taste of Columbia County Bounty
Part potluck supper (paper napkins and some dishes served straight from the Tupperware), part Epicurian feast, the Taste of Columbia County Bounty is an event that perfectly captures that paradoxical mix of downhome charm and upscale sophistication that makes living in our region such a joy. This year over 30 farms and other local food producers have donated the ingredients that chefs from 20 top Hudson Valley restaurants will transform into a spectacular spread that includes local beer and wines. The setting also adds to the allure: the old-time Chatham Fair Grounds look even better without all the hoopla of the fair. This year, Hudson area kids, apparently bitten by the locavore food movement bug, will be baking apricot energy bars in solar ovens specifically for this event.
2009 Taste of Columbia County Bounty
Monday, August 3, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Columbia County Fairgrounds
Route 66 (next to Price Chopper parking lot), Chatham
Tickets: $50/adult members
$75/general admission (includes $25 CCB Membership); $25/kids 7-12; $10/under 7
Cash or credit card at the door